Bill Watterson on Hobbes
- WEST: Let’s talk about Hobbes a little bit. He seems to be older and wiser than Calvin, but not much. Which of the following more accurately describes him: a pet, a brother, a friend, or the father that Calvin never had?
- WATTERSON: Hobbes is really hard to define and, in a way, I’m reluctant to do it. I think there’s an aspect of this character that’s hard for me to articulate. I suppose if I had to choose from those four, the brother and the friend would be the closest. But there’s something a little peculiar about him that’s, hopefully, not readily categorized.
- WEST: Well, in a way that says more about Calvin than Hobbes because Hobbes is implicitly, explicitly just a product of his imagination.
- WATTERSON: But the strip doesn’t assert that. That’s the assumption that adults make because nobody else sees him, sees Hobbes, in the way that Calvin does. Some reporter was writing a story on imaginary friends and they asked me for a comment, and I didn’t do it because I really have absolutely no knowledge about imaginary friends. It would seem to me, though, that when you make up a friend for yourself, you would have somebody to agree with you, not to argue with you. So Hobbes is more real than I suspect any kid would dream up.
- WEST: Well, at the risk of getting into psychobabble, a lot of psychologists would say that children create imaginary friends to play out family dramas. So an argument can be just as much a part of an imaginary world as, you know, a sort of sentimental, gooey friendship can be.
- WATTERSON: Yeah, well, I would hope that the friendship between Calvin and Hobbes is so complex that it would transcend a normal fantasy. The resolution of the question of whether Hobbes is real or not doesn’t concern me or interest me, but, hopefully, there’s some element of complexity there that will make the relationship interesting on a couple of levels.
- http: //www.tcj.com/the-bill-watterson-interview/
For some reason I like to play instruments while I watch videos and movies or listen to podcasts and audio dramas. Usually I’ll be softly strumming or plucking my ukulele or guitar, or playing my saxophone or bass clarinet, like I did tonight while watching a video podcast. I still pay attention to whatever I’m watching/listening to, so I guess it’s just a way to keep my hands busy.
It drives my sister crazy sometimes though. Like today, we were watching Christmas movies together and I kept half consciously playing Rainbow Connection and I’m Going to Go Back There Someday or plucking out the movie’s soundtrack on my uke. I had to make myself put it away.
I’m curious, does anyone else do this? Or am I just crazy? Never mind, that’s true regardless.
Not sure if this was posted yet but it’s so cool. I’ve seen ‘Fireflies’ played in many different ways but five harps?!? They even nailed the ending.